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Rick Satava’s Luminous Glass Blown Jellyfish Appear Suspended in Motion

May 26, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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The jellyfish tank is the first environment I always run to when visiting an aquarium. I’m drawn to the luminous quality of the underwater creatures’ bodies, as well as their inclusion in a scene that appears to need no sources of artificial light. Glass artist Rick Satava was also captivated by these creatures in the late 80s, and after a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium he began to experiment with sculptures that mimicked the experience of a jellyfish’s elegant glide through the water.

Satava began selling these sculptures in 1990, and by 2002 he was crafting about 300 pieces of work a month. The bright jellyfishes he creates are suspended in the glass that surround them, yet each still appears as if their tentacles are rippling through the water. The glass blown approach works perfectly when translated to the round bell-like shape of the jellyfish’s body, as their natural appearance looks like brightly blown glass.

The California-based artist uses a technique in his sculptures called “glass-in-glass,” which consists of a glass sculpture being dipped into a second, molten glass layer. You can find Sativa’s sculptures within dozens of galleries nationally as well as a few locations internationally including Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. (via My Modern Met)

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Craft Design

Air Plant Jellyfish by ‘PetitBeast’

January 27, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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LA-based designer and art director Cathy Van Hoang had the novel idea of using sea urchin shells as upside down planters for air plants to create little aerial jellyfish. She sells them in her Etsy shop, PetitBeast. (via Steampunk Tendencies)

 

 



Photography

Photographer Takehito Miyatake Captures the Brilliant Natural Light Shows of Japan

August 21, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Scores of fishing rafts floating in the Uchino-umi highlighted by the light from the full moon

Japanese photographer Takehito Miyatake is known for his accomplished long-exposure photographs of fireflies, volcanic eruptions, and beaches awash in bioluminescencnt firefly squid. His exposures, which he refers to as “the light of Japan,” can last anywhere between 15 seconds and 30 minutes and are rooted in an almost meditative approach to photography that he likens to a form of poetry in an interview with TIME. His time spent waiting for each exposure hasn’t been in vain, Miyatake recently won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Nikkei National Geographic Photo Awards. You can see more of his photography on his website and over on Spoon & Tamago.

In spring, firefly squid (hotaru ika) rise 2000 feet to the surface of the water and offer a fleeting glimpse of their magical lights

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Genji botaru fireflies around a small bridge over the Shimanto River (Kochi Prefecture)

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The moon lights up a waterfall against geometric rock formations / A close-up of the red-hot cinders erupting from the Showa crater on Sakurajima

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Volcanic lightning during the eruption of the Sakurajima volcano

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Art

A Jellyfish Tank Installed in an Abandoned Building in Liverpool by Walter Hugo & Zoniel

July 9, 2014

Johnny Waldman

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Walter Hugo & Zoniel, The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living (2014). All courtesy Gazelli Art House and the artists.

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Residents of Liverpool, England must have been surprised and confused when, last month, as the evening set in, the shutters of an old derelict building autonomously opened, emanating a bluish glow onto the street. What was revealed behind the old garage door was a space completely taken over by a large fish tank filled with jellyfish peacefully floating and hovering in the gentle blue water.

This secret magical window, which only opens at night is, in fact, a large-scale, site-specific art installation by the artist duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel. “The psychedelic display is intended to have a discordant presence within the building and to intrigue those in the surrounding area,” says Gazelli Art House, who are not only supporting the project but are live-streaming a video from within the tank and into their gallery space in London some 200 miles away. The projection is viewable both from within the gallery but also from the street outside, creating a virtual corridor between the two cities.

The project, which is titled “The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living” is up until July 27, 2014 at 53 High Park Street in Liverpool. You can also purchase digital versions of the artwork right here. (via designboom)

 

 



Design

Mylar Lamps Mimic Freshwater Jellyfish

October 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Created by California-based Roxy Russell, the Medusae Collection is a series of four pendant lamps designed to look like freshwater jellyfish. The lights are made from polyester mylar and measure nearly three feet in height. (via Puddle)

 

 



Photography

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov

July 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Alexander Semenov (previously) who is well known for his documentation of oceanic wildlife, recently turned his camera upward and captured some fascinating photographs of jellyfish against the clouds and various sunsets. In some instances the water was so clear appears as if the animals are practically hovering in the sky. See much more over on Flickr.

 

 



Photography

Underwater Experiments Continued: Wonderful New Photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

August 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Since first covering the photography of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov (previously) back in January his self-directed “Underwater Experiments” series has continued unabated as he releases other-worldy shots of the Earth’s most elusive creatures almost daily. Again and again Semenov captures some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of underwater life I’ve ever seen, most frequently an animal called lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) which is the largest known species of jellyfish in the world. What you see here only scratches the surface of his work over the last couple of months, definitely urge you to get lost in his underwater gallery.